Of the multiple cases to which NRSC is a party, the hearing of one has been completed. This is the case that the Supreme Court had referred to Delhi High Court on January 12, 2004. The case was heard in Delhi High Court on January 19 and 20. However, as the argument could not be completed in those two days, February 3 was assigned as the next date for the hearing.
The hearing came to a conclusion yesterday and now a verdict is awaited. Kapil Sibbal and Mahesh Chand, representing Mapsor Advertising, argued that NRSC had committed a fraud by not declaring to Delhi court that it had given an undertaking in the Jaipur High Court.
Council for the other parties, Shanti Bhushan for Deewan Publications, Harish Salve for NRS and Dushyant for Feedback Advertising, pleaded that NRS was integral to print media buying and crores of rupees were spent based on NRS figures and it was important that the report be released at the earliest.
The verdict in the case, as per sources, is likely to be out within a week. The issue being debated in Mumbai media circles is whether NRSC has the financial muscle to fight all the cases to which it is a party.